Veronica Butler and Jilian Kelley

Ana Walshe

Veronica Butler, 27, and Jilian Kelley, 39, from Hugoton, Kansas, went missing while driving through the Oklahoma panhandle to pick up Butler’s children for a birthday party on March 30, 2024. Their vehicle was later discovered abandoned on a rural highway in Texas County, Oklahoma, roughly 11 miles south of Elkhart, Kansas.

Five individuals, Tifany Adams, Tad Cullam, Cole Twombly, Cora Twombly, and Paul Grice, have been arrested and charged with murder.

Tifany Adams, who is the grandmother of Butler's children, had custody of the children and was involved in a contentious dispute with Butler over their custody. The bodies of Butler and Kelley were found buried on a farm leased by Tad Cullum.

Date:

Saturday, March 30, 2024

Crime:

Homicide

Location:
Texas County, OK

Case Documents

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Endangered/Missing Advisory

March 30, 2024
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Search Warrant – Eloi Torres’ Silver iPhone 13 with Cracked Screen

April 3, 2024
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Search Warrant – Coby White’s Blue iPhone

April 5, 2024
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Search Warrant – Eloi Torres’ Silver iPhone 13

April 10, 2024
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Cole Earl Twombly Information & Affidavit

April 12, 2024
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Cora Gayle Twombly Information & Affidavit

April 12, 2024
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Tad Bert Cullum Information & Affidavit

April 12, 2024
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Tifany Machel Adams Information & Affidavit

April 12, 2024
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Search Warrant – Property Leased by Jamie Beasley

April 12, 2024
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OSBI Press Release

April 13, 2024
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Search Warrant – 2009 White Nissan Altima

April 17, 2024
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Search Warrant – 1991 Blue and Grey Chevrolet 1500 Pickup

April 17, 2024
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Search Warrant – White Hot Shot 33 Foot Gooseneck Stock Trailer

April 17, 2024
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Search Warrant – Cole Twombly’s DNA

April 17, 2024
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Search Warrant – Cora Twombly’s DNA

April 17, 2024
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Search Warrant – Tad Cullum’s DNA

April 17, 2024
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Search Warrant – Tifany Adams’ DNA

April 17, 2024
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Search Warrant – Black & White iPhones Found in Pickup Truck

April 23 2024
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Search Warrant – Paul Grice’s DNA

April 23, 2024
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Paul Grice Indictment & Criminal Complaint

April 24, 2024
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Defense Motion to Preserve Evidence

May 10, 2024
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Defense Motion to Seal Warrants

May 10, 2024